Democrats Call for Delay to Kavanaugh Vote amid Sexual Assault Accusation

Democrats Call for Delay to Kavanaugh Vote amid Sexual Assault Accusation

Still, Conway and other Republicans are going out of their way to say they want Ford and Kavanaugh to be heard.

"If it was this bad why did not the Democrats challenged Judge Kavanaugh when he was sitting right there in front of them", Graham said. He allowed that there might need to be a "little delay" in the Senate confirmation process to deal with the explosive allegation that Kavanaugh forced himself on a woman at a high school party more than 30 years ago. He was asked about the allegations Friday in an interview with C-SPAN - before Blasey Ford went public with her account - and declined to directly address them.

The contents of that letter leaked last week, and Ford came forward to the Post to tell the full story in her own words.

Just hours earlier, top Republicans had shown no interest in a theatrical spectacle that would thrust Kavanaugh and Ford before television cameras with each offering public- and no doubt conflicting - versions of what did or didn't happen at a high school party in the early 1980s. They would be letting Democrats get away with the same dirty trick they tried and failed to pull off against Clarence Thomas.

It is in the best interests of this process to fully air the accusations, with both Ford and Kavanaugh under oath.

Ford said she kept silent about the alleged incident until she was in couples' therapy with her husband in 2012.

"I support Mrs. Ford's decision to share her story and now that she has, it is in the hands of the FBI to conduct an investigation".

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who sits on the judiciary committee, joined Democrats in saying the vote on Kavanaugh's nomination may have to be postponed.

Both Ford and Kavanaugh will testify in a public hearing about the alleged incident on Monday, according to the New York Times.

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In response, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) published a letter from 65 women who say they knew Kavanaugh in high school and vouched for his good character.

Two committee Republicans - all 11 on the Republican side are men - Senators Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of SC, said they wanted to hear more from Ford.

Collins said it would it be "disqualifying" if Kavanaugh had lied about the allegations, but said she did not have information to asses the veracity of Ford's allegations. Perhaps the decision to hold a public hearing took them aback; it certainly seemed to surprise Senate Democrats like Kamala Harris, who demand instead that the Federal Bureau of Investigation insert itself into a situation far outside its jurisdiction for an incident 35 years ago that may not have taken place at all, or much differently than portrayed.

The Republican-controlled Senate panel had been committed to a vote on Kavanaugh on Thursday despite the fast-moving developments of the past week.

"We are not going to stand by and let Judge Kavanaugh be smeared". The days of Kavanaugh confirmation hearings were often interrupted by protesters, and Republicans accused Democrats, especially those possible 2020 presidential candidates, of grandstanding.

Because Trump's fellow Republicans control a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, Democrats can not stop Kavanaugh's appointment unless some Republicans make a rare decision to break with their party and vote against Trump.

Anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has deserves to be heard, so I will continue working on a way to hear her out in an appropriate, precedented and respectful manner.

During a radio interview, Grassley said that Kavanaugh has agreed to participate in Monday's hearing but that his staff has not heard from Christine Blasey Ford. "This should happen before the Senate moves forward on this nominee", Feinstein said in a statement released Sunday.

He said he wished Democrats had brought up the accusations against Mr Kavanaugh sooner. "He's an outstanding intellect, an outstanding judge, respected by everybody", he said.